Thanks and greetings from CroatiaWell...some genius a few pages back suggested a suggestion which, if enacted, would have avoided today's double-confusion and delay in the 1st half of CRO x BEL about the possible PK whistle
which, after minutes of delay, the referee indicated that the situation had been camera-and-computer-determined to have been offside
(against Croatia) ............. Whuh? Hunh? Soccer is 90 minutes of non-stop action, uhhh. ok.
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topic #2) The many offside-determining cameras generate a graphic showing the attacker, the last non-goalie (usually) defender, and the restraining line showing that the attacker's eyelashes are offside.
This graphic has been televised typically after the raised hope, after the big cheer, and after the congratulations for the apparent scorer of the apparent goal.
Electrons move pretty fast. Digital images. Pixels detect that defender, those eyelashes, and that offside line really really quick. Why can't computerized command central IMMEDIATELY notify all the referees that it's offside?
Lung-burning sprints for naught could be avoided. In other words, have you ever heard the saying "Hope is the cruelest emotion" ?
topic 3) I PREDICT! there'll eventually be a return to refs making the calls. The delays to allow the fans to observe the ref's gait jogging over to the monitor and then jogging back from the monitor are not in the spirit of soccer.
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IF my "territorial" way of breaking a tie (timing the time the ball is in each team's penalty area) has no support
Then, in the spirit of "90 minutes of non-stop action" I'd go with corner kicks.
raise the stakes by including throw-ins.
A corner kick might be 5 tie-breaker points and a throw-in would be 1 tie-breaker point
EDIT2ADD Congratulations to Croatia for advancing, AND EQUALLY!, for having an identifying *PATTERN*, in addition to an identifying color, ON THEIR JERSEYS. More nations oughtta rock an identifying pattern. Luv me some differentiation
I'll be giving the footballroos a cheer later on as it's good to see them making the knock outs.2 big games on today... USA V Netherlands and AUS V Argentina...
into the knock out games...
the biggest game the Oz lads have been in... I hope they bang a few goals in, to give Messi and his team something to think about..